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Australian manufacturing can provide the “silver sliver” - or the high-value - part of world goods. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Chasing the ‘silver sliver’: making sure innovation doesn’t slip through our fingers

Australia has the frustrating distinction of repeatedly producing world-beating ideas - only to lose them overseas. Why can't we hold onto what we invent?
Despite the Intergenerational Report’s assertion about ageing’s negative impact on labour force participation, the effect turns out to be minimal. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Truthy untruths: behind the facade of the Intergenerational Report

The 2015 Intergenerational Report is being used as a basis for important decisions about future policies. But it makes some misleading claims.
Smart engagement with Asia means recognising the many ways in which Asian migrants to Australia are opening new pathways for discovery, innovation and cultural understanding. EPA/Ole Spata

Immigrant ambassadors open doors for Australia across Asia

Skilled migrants from India, China and other neighbouring countries are building pathways for innovation, growth and better understanding between Australia and their homelands.
Boys with toys? Flickr/Simon Rankin

The astronomy “Toy Story” row

I was initially rather excited to see that one of my friends and collaborators, Professor Shri Kulkarni from Caltech, had his picture littering my Facebook feed recently. Unfortunately for Shri, it was…
Scientists knew the mystery signals were close by the Parkes radio telescope: but what was the source? Flickr/Amanda Slater

How we found the source of the mystery signals at The Dish

Astronomers used to probing the universe always knew that strange signals detected by the Parkes radio telescope were coming from somewhere closer to home. But finding the source was the tricky bit.
‘What’s in it for me?’ is a common question today, but not one that necessarily produces the best answers for collective wellbeing. Shutterstock/iQoncept

Explainer: the greater good and why it matters more than ever

The concept of the greater good has made a comeback in Europe in an era of budget austerity, but in Australia too few of us are alive to its meaning – and to its vulnerability.
No improvements have been made to Indigenous higher education participation or completion despite a major review. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Nothing has changed since Indigenous higher ed review

Three years after the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People which aimed to increase university attendance for Indigenous Australians, not much has changed.
How widespread are the new digital technologies that sustain and extend existing business models? Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Australia’s transitioning economy and the myth of digital disruption

Digital disruption has largely impacted on limited sectors such as media and finance; many Australian businesses have barely taken up the opportunities technology provides.
Bjorn Lomborg seems to irritate the hell out of many environmentalists. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Bjorn again

Bjorn Lomborg seems to inspire anything but consensus, but is his approach all that bad?
Growth as cancel cells. National Cancer Institute, modified by Elizabeth Tunstall"

Degrowth: Japan models design for steady state economies

The Cool Japan program models how a new approach to the design industry might work in the degrowth economy. To paraphrase designer and engineer Buckminster Fuller, the best way to predict the future is to design it.
Enabling consumers to keep their bank account numbers when switching institutions will encourage greater competition. AAP Image/Dan Peled

How changing our bank account numbering system will be a win for customers

It’s a pain to change mobile providers, but at least keeping your number is easy. It’s much more of a pain to change banks and much of that pain is because we have to change bank account numbers. Why don’t…
If an Uber X customer is injured in an accident they may not always be covered by an insurer. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Who bears the cost when your Uber or Airbnb turns bad?

When a transaction is between two individuals, consumer rights are less clear, but it doesn't mean all rights are lost.
In the 1977 movie Star Wars, Princess Lea recorded a holographic message that was delivered to Obi Wan Kenobi. Screenshot from Star Wars/Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox

No more science fiction: 3D holographic images

Three-dimensional images you can see without special glasses have been created with a clever user of lasers and graphene.

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